Absence of the Gun Control Issue

Posted: October 29, 2008 in 2008 Elections, Barack Obama, John McCain
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Roger Simon has an interesting note on how John McCain has failed to exploit traditional wedge issue of gun rights in this election.

The NRA is sending out anti-Obama paraphernalia on its own account, and they are one of the most effective and powerful lobby groups in Washington. But that still doesn’t carry quite the same amount of gravitas as if McCain himself – or Sarah Palin, for that matter – were making it a part of the national conversation by presenting the argument on the campaign trail or during the debates.

I don’t think a failure to seize on the gun issue will cost McCain the election, but once it’s over I think Simon is right that it will be looked at as a potential asset he didn’t capitalize on.


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